Texas Chiropractic eSource

The Texas Chiropractic eSource is your connection to Texas Chiropractic news, updates and events and is emailed to members on a bi-weekly basis.

If there is news that you believe needs to be shared with the profession please send the news, or a link to the news to [email protected]

 
TBCE Proposes New Rules (March 2019)
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:18 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) proposes new amendments to their rules.  

Rules effected include: 

  • 75.1 Unsafe and Unsanitary Conditions
  • 77.4 Misleading Claims
  • 78.14 Acupuncture
  • and the repeal of 80.4 Schedule of Sanctions and the adoption of a new 80.4 Schedule of Penalties.

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Did you Know? TMB
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:15 PM

Did you know that you can look up TMB licensee information for physicians, PAs acupuncturists, medical rad-techs, respiratory care practitioners, perfusionists, medical physicists and surgical assistance online?

These licensee profiles contain consumer-oriented professional background information, license status, educational background, disciplinary actions, and other helpful information.

To search the TMB database visit:  www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/look-up-a-license

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Kentucky Sues Drug Distributor Over Opioid Epidemic
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:13 PM

Kentucky’s attorney general has sued AmerisourceBergen Corp, accusing the drug distributor of contributing to opioid abuse in the state by filling suspiciously large or frequent pharmacy orders of prescription painkillers.

The lawsuit by the Kentucky Attorney General was his fourth to date seeking to hold a corporation responsible for its role in the national opioid epidemic. Two prior cases targeted AmerisourceBergen’s main drug distribution competitors, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp.

Beshear in a statement called stopping large supplies of opioids fueling addiction a priority. “One way to do that is to continue to drag these billion-dollar opioid distributors into Kentucky court to seek damages for their irresponsible actions,” the AG said.

Hundreds of lawsuits by states, counties and cities have accused drugmakers of pushing addictive painkillers through deceptive marketing and wholesale distributors of failing to report suspicious drug orders.

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Physician-Senators on Vaccine Mandates
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:06 PM

Two Republican senators, both physicians, clashed over whether the government should make vaccinations mandatory.

When Sen. (and ophthalmologist) Rand Paul, MD (R-Ky.) said some vaccine mandates had “run amok,” that drew the attention of Sen. (and gastroenterologist) Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.). “If you are such a believer in liberty that you do not wish to be vaccinated, then there should be a consequence and that is that you cannot infect other people," Cassidy said in defending school vaccination requirements.

While most senators agreed on the need for vaccination, Paul disputed the need to make it mandatory.  He noted that, in the past, a government-mandated vaccine for rotavirus was reversed when it was discovered that the vaccine caused intestinal blockages in children. Paul also pointed out that flu vaccines are sometimes “completely wrong” when scientists choose the wrong strain of vaccine.  “[I]t is wrong to say that there are no risk to vaccines," he said, noting that the government's Vaccine Injury Compensation program has paid $4 billion since 1988.  And still, Paul said, no informed consent is required for a vaccine.

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Texas Department of State Health Services Launches Instagram Account
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:03 PM

The Texas Department of State Health Services has launched an Instagram account to reach new audiences of Texans and help protect and guide their health.

The account, @TexasDSHS, launched March 1 and will offer more youth-centered content and health information. 

The Health and Human Services Commission launched its Instagram accounton Feb. 14.

Follow DSHS on Instagram. DSHS also has a presence on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

 

 
Texas' Highest Criminal Court Strikes Down Provision of Open Meetings Act as "Unconstitutionally Vague"
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:01 PM

The ruling only pertains to a slice of the law, but open government advocates say the decision “removes a powerful disincentive” put in place to keep public officials from hiding public business.

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals struck down part of a law imposing basic requirements providing for public access to and information about governmental meetings.

In a major blow to the state’s government transparency laws, Texas’ highest criminal court has struck down a significant provision of the Texas Open Meetings Act, calling it “unconstitutionally vague.”

That law, which imposes basic requirements providing for public access to and information about governmental meetings, makes it a crime for public officials to “knowingly [conspire] to circumvent this chapter by meeting in numbers less than a quorum for the purpose of secret deliberations.” That provision aims to keep public officials from convening smaller meetings — without an official quorum present — to discuss public business outside the view of the taxpayers and the media.

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DWC Announces Performance Based Oversight Results
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:00 PM

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has released the 2018 Insurance Carrier Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment. 

For 2018, insurance carriers were assessed on their performance for timeliness in the following categories:

  • paying initial temporary income benefits;
  • processing initial medical bills;
  • processing requests for reconsideration of medical bills;
  • submitting initial payment data by electronic data interchange (EDI); and
  • submitting medical bill processing data by EDI.

DWC reviewed 121 insurance carriers with the following results: 55 had scores placing them in the high performer tier, 65 were in the average performer tier, and one had a score placing them in the poor performer tier.

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Youth Vaping Is Now An 'Epidemic'
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:56 AM

Vaping by U.S. teenagers has reached epidemic levels, threatening to hook a new generation of young people on nicotine.

That's according to an unusual advisory issued by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the the dangers of electronic cigarette use among U.S. teenagers.

"I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic in the United States," Adams said at a news conference. "Now is the time to take action. We need to protect our young people from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes."

The surgeon general's advisory called on parents and teachers to educate themselves about the variety of e-cigarettes and to talk with children about their dangers. Health professionals should ask about e-cigarettes when screening patients for tobacco use, the advisory said. And local authorities should use strategies, such as bans on indoor vaping and retail restrictions, to discourage vaping by young people.

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DWC Offers New 2019 Health Care Providers and Staff Webinar Series
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:54 AM

DWC is offering free webinars covering administrative processes related to providing health care to Texas workers’ compensation injured employees. 

Webinar topics include an overview of workers’ compensation, health care provider roles and responsibilities, intake and verification of coverage, utilization review, medical bill processing, medical bill denials and dispute resolution, return to work, maximum medical improvement and impairment rating billing, and certified workers’ compensation health care networks. 

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Governor Abbott Appoints New TBCE Member
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:52 AM

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ebony Todd to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. 

Ebony Todd of Fort Hood is an attorney and member of Jackson Todd Law, PLLC. She previously served as a judge advocate for the Department of the Army before her retirement from the service.

She currently volunteers at Destiny World Outreach Center and as a service chair with Rotary International. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Greater Killeen Community Clinic. 

Todd received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, now the Texas A&M School of Law.

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State Agency Council, New Chairwoman From TBCE Staff
Written by EDITOR   
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:48 AM

Jennifer Hertsenberg, Operations Director of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, was recently appointed Chairwoman of the State Agency Council Board of Directors. 

She previously served on the State Agency Council Board of Directors as Membership Director and has been a member of the Council since 2016.  The State Agency Council, formerly the State Agency Liaison Group, was established in 1983 by Governor Mark White. On March 30, 2016, Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order 1, which allows the Council to continue with its charge.

The Council’s purpose is to support the goals and activities of the Governor’s Commission for Women, host the Outstanding Women in Texas Government (OWTG) Awards, provide professional development training to its members and engage in community service projects.

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Executive Director’s Message March 2019
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Friday, March 15, 2019 10:29 AM

Introducing TCA’s New Platinum Sponsor – Bergquist Law Firm

Membership is the lifeblood of any association and, when one is part of a profession under continuous assault, like chiropractic, fundraising is equally important. But the Texas Chiropractic Association also relies on the generous support of our partners – the companies that work directly with chiropractors in Texas and nationally.

TCA is thrilled to announce a new partner – Bergquist Law Firm. Headquartered in Houston with offices in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and McAllen, Bergquist Law Firm is TCA’s first Platinum Sponsor.

TCA and Bergquist Law Firm share an important goal: we both strive to obtain the best healthcare for our patients/clients and negotiate with insurance companies to be fairly and reasonably compensated. For the past 15 years, David Bergquist and his firm have worked with hundreds of chiropractors in Texas on personal injury cases and they are committed to getting the best outcomes for you and their patients.

You already should have received a letter from TCA President Dr. Devin Pettiet announcing the partnership with Bergquist Law Firm. You will get the opportunity to meet David Bergquist and his team at TCA events across the state. In addition to becoming a year-round Platinum Sponsor, Bergquist Law Firm is the primary sponsor of the TCA Tour of Texas, our grass-roots road show to reach chiropractors across the state.

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Coverage of Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Low Back Pain Among US Public and Private Insurers
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:58 PM

Despite epidemic rates of addiction and death from prescription opioids in the United States, suggesting the importance of providing alternatives to opioids in the treatment of pain, little is known regarding how payers’ coverage policies may facilitate or impede access to such treatments.

To examine coverage policies for 5 nonpharmacologic approaches commonly used to treat acute or chronic low back pain among commercial and Medicare Advantage insurance plans, plus an additional 6 treatments among Medicaid plans, A cross-sectional study was conducted of 15 commercial, 15 Medicaid, and 15 Medicare Advantage health plans for the 2017 calendar year in 16 states representing more than half of the US population. 

Medical necessity and coverage status for the treatments examined, as well as the use of utilization management tools and cost-sharing magnitude and structure.

Commercial and Medicare insurers consistently regarded physical and occupational therapy as medically necessary, but policies varied for other therapies examined.

Payers most commonly covered

  • physical therapy (98% [44 of 45 plans]),
  • occupational therapy (96% [43 of 45 plans]), and
  • chiropractic care (89% [40 of 45 plans]),

while transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (67% [10 of 15 plans]) and steroid injections (60% [9 of 15 plans]) were the most commonly covered among the therapies examined for Medicaid plans only.

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Improper Medicare Payments Lowest in Nearly a Decade
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:55 PM

More targeted enforcement actions by the CMS has led to the lowest improper payment rate for Medicare in nearly a decade, according to new federal data.  The CMS doled out an estimated $31 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2018, which is around 8.12% of all claims paid during that period. That's down from $36.2 billion or 9.51% of Medicare claims in fiscal 2017.

Improper payments include fraudulent claims, payments distributed to the wrong recipient or for the wrong amount, payments with insufficient documentation, and those when the recipient uses the funds improperly.

The CMS calculations include all claims incorrectly paid between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. This is the lowest rate of improper payments for Medicare fee-for-service since 2010 and the second time since 2013 that the rate fell below 10%.

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Trump Administration: Ease Scope of Practice Laws
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:53 PM

Easing scope-of-practice laws and streamlining graduate medical education (GME) funding would make U.S. healthcare more competitive and efficient.

"Reduced competition among clinicians leads to higher prices for healthcare services, and reduces choice... Government policies have reduced competition by restricting the available supply of providers and restricting the range of services they offer,” said a senior administration official.

Although scope-of-practice (SOP) laws may be justified in cases where there is substantial risk of consumer harm, "Oftentimes, too, SOP restrictions limit provider entry and ability to practice in ways that do not address demonstrable or substantial risks to consumer health and safety," according to the report. "When this happens, these undue restrictions are likely to reduce healthcare competition and harm consumers -- including patients, and taxpayers more generally."

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Nearly a Quarter of Rural Hospitals are on the Brink of Closure
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:49 PM

More than a fifth of the nation’s rural hospitals are near insolvency, according to a new report.  Twenty-one percent of rural hospitals are at high risk of closing, according to Navigant's analysis of CMS data on 2,045 rural hospitals. That equates to 430 hospitals across 43 states that employ about 150,000 people and generate about $21.2 billion in total patient revenue a year

Hospitals are often the economic drivers of rural communities. Per capita income falls 4% and the unemployment rate rises 1.6 percentage points when a hospital closes, a related study found. Ninety-seven rural hospitals have closed since 2010, according to the University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

As rural populations decline, inpatient admissions fall, more beds sit vacant, and the number of people covered by government-sponsored plans rises, these communities are left to grapple with the ramifications of losing a hospital.  A loss of acute-care beds and ultimately hospitals is inevitable, experts said.

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Cannabis Use in Adolescence and the Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Young Adulthood
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:46 PM

Is adolescent cannabis consumption associated with risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidality in young adulthood?  In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 studies and 23, 317 individuals, adolescent cannabis consumption was associated with increased risk of developing depression and suicidal behavior later in life, even in the absence of a premorbid condition. There was no association with anxiety.

Preadolescents and adolescents should avoid using cannabis as use is associated with a significant increased risk of developing depression or suicidality in young adulthood; these findings should inform public health policy and governments to apply preventive strategies to reduce the use of cannabis among youth.

Cannabis is the most commonly used drug of abuse by adolescents in the world. While the impact of adolescent cannabis use on the development of psychosis has been investigated in depth, little is known about the impact of cannabis use on mood and suicidality in young adulthood.

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Gout Drug Raises Death Risk
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:44 PM

The FDA concluded its months-long investigation into mortality risk with febuxostat (Uloric) by mandating strong warnings on the product label and restricting use.  Approved use is now only after maximally titrated allopurinol (Zyloprim) fails or isn't tolerated.

Febuxostat will have to carry a black-box warning of increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with allopurinol, as had been shown in the CARES trial, and update the patient medication guide with that information.  The FDA also recommended that clinicians monitor for cardiovascular signs and symptoms for patients on febuxostat.

Since approval in 2009, the label has warned of increased risk of gout flares with initiation of therapy, cardiovascular events, hepatic toxicity, and serious skin reactions.

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U.S. Government Joins Lawsuit Against Abbott Companies
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 05:41 PM

Billions of dollars are wasted annually in the United States on “low value” health care services such as unnecessary diagnostic tests, trips to the emergency room, and avoidable surgeries.  

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a six-year-old lawsuit against companies bought by Abbott Laboratories in which they’re accused of submitting false Medicare claims for unnecessary devices for diabetic patients and paying kickbacks to the patients.  The lawsuit alleges Florida-based mail-order diabetic testing supply company Arriva Medical and parent Alere, a Massachusetts-based medical device firm that acquired Arriva in 2011, required all new customers to receive "free upgrades" of glucometers and then submitted false claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary meters.

Abbott acquired Arriva and Alere in September 2017. Arriva stopped operating shortly after it was purchased by Abbott as a result of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revoking its ability to bill Medicare after the company billed the program for medical equipment for a patient who died.

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TCA Files Petition for Review with Supreme Court of Texas Regarding Nerve Issue
Written by Editor   
Friday, March 01, 2019 11:00 AM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) has joined the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) and a filed a petition for review with the Supreme Court of Texas. Both TCA and TBCE are seeking to overturn a decision by the Third Court of Appeals in TBCE & TCA v. TMA, which threatens the future of chiropractic in Texas. Read TCA's petition for review and TBCE's petition for review.

Both the District Court in Travis County and the Third Court of Appeals in Austin previously ruled in favor of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), which successfully challenged rules adopted by TBCE regarding the lawful scope of practice for Texas chiropractors. TCA has been involved in what many have called the “VONT lawsuit.”

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Member Benefit: The Texas Chiropractic Retirement Plan
Written by Editor   
Friday, March 01, 2019 12:00 AM

Nicholas M. Boyd, Financial Advisor
Tax Favored Benefits 

The Chiropractic Retirement Plan (CRP) is off to a fast start in 2019. TCA members are signing up to define a path for their retirement investing, manage their adjusted gross income (AGI), reduce their taxes and manage their student loan payments. This type of 401(k) plan is helping to reduce expenses and expand investment advice for participating TCA members. Each employer that adopts the plan helps to further improve the cost for every other member.  Whether you are using a stand-alone 401(k), SEP, SIMPLE, Traditional IRA or nothing at all - reach out to TCA Affiliate Member Tax Favored Benefits (TFB), the manager of the CRP, for a no obligation consultation for your business. 

Since it is tax season, keep reading to learn more about how the CRP can help you manage your taxes by investing.

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President’s Message March 2019
Written by Devin Pettiet, DC   
Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:00 AM

February was a short month, but it didn’t feel that way. TCA was hard at work putting on TCA Legislative Day and the Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference while, at the same time, conducting the business of chiropractic during the 86th Texas Legislative Session.

For those you who made the trip to Austin for TCA Legislative Day, thank you! Our theme was “Show Your Love for Chiropractic!” and you did, big-time. In all, 500+ chiropractors, students and faculty from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College, staff and chiropractic supporters joined us at the Capitol. Not a bad turnout for Valentine’s Day!

But TCA Legislative Day wasn’t just about numbers. The quality of the 165+ meetings was outstanding and, because of your connections, we were able to educate legislators about chiropractic and generate valuable support for pro-chiropractic legislation. Since then, we’ve been able to lock down sponsors for nearly all of bills. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!

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TCA Presents Awards at Legislative Conference
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:00 AM

The Texas Chiropractic Association recently honored two individuals at the Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference (TCLC) at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin. Gregory Johnson, DC was awarded the TCA Chiropractic Trailblazer Award, and Ret. Staff Sargent Shilo Harris was presented with the TCA Chiropractic Advocate Award. 

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More TBCE Rules Proposals on the Way
Written by Editor   
Thursday, February 21, 2019 04:17 PM

At its January 31 meeting, the Board voted to propose a number of rule-making actions: 

  • Amendments to 22 Texas Administrative Code §78.14 (Acupuncture) and §77.4 (Misleading Claims);
  • repeal and replace §80.4 (Schedule of Sanctions); and
  • new §75.1 (Unsafe and Unsanitary Conditions).
The text of all of these will be published in the March 8, 2019, issue of the Texas Register and will be published here shortly thereafter.
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What Younger Patients Want
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:35 PM

A new survey has found that younger consumers in the U.S. and six other advanced countries are more dissatisfied than older people with characteristics of traditional healthcare.  These characteristics include treatment effectiveness and lack of convenience and responsiveness.

Millennial patients want “convenience, fast service, connectivity, and price transparency." Doctors and health experts, however, worry about “fragmented or unnecessary care, including the misuse of antibiotics” and loss of “care that is coordinated and longitudinal.” It’s as if the needs of the patients and the concerns of doctors are mutually exclusive.  They are not.  The challenge is the current healthcare system does not provide for both.  The authors of the survey concluded that younger consumers are not satisfied with the status quo and are more willing to use nontraditional services.

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TBCE Adopts CE Rule Change
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:31 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) adopts the repeal of the current rules 73.1, concerning Continuing Education.  The Board is repealing this rule and adopting a new §73.1 in its place in a separate rulemaking action.

The new proposal now adds two definitions that are applied to “continuing education.”  The first defines “live-format” courses as ”any educational course that is not pre-recorded and is presented in real time through an interactive medium such as a live webinar or at an in-person training event.”  

The second defines an “online course” as “any pre-recorded or live format educational course that is delivered through an internet-based platform. All online courses shall have the means to verify attendance through testing on the material presented or other approved format.”

And now, while  “the 16 hours of continuing education may be completed through any course or seminar elected by the licensee that has been approved by the Board,” another change is that “a licensee must attend any course designated as a ‘TBCE Required Course’ in a live format, and the course may be counted as part of the 16 hour requirement.”

The new proposal would also limit licensees to “up to ten hours of online courses that are not live format.”

The newly adopted rule 73.1 reads:

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Opioids: Under Fire
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:19 PM

Patients with chronic pain are suffering from ham-handed efforts to curb opioid overdoses, a series of witnesses told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.  In particular, the CDC's 2016 guidelines for opioid prescribing came under heavy fire, as even a self-described supporter of its recommendations admitted the evidence base was weak.

Cindy Steinberg, national director of policy and advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation, argued that well-intentioned efforts to address the epidemic -- particularly strategies to tamp down overprescribing -- have stoked a "climate of fear" among doctors.

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AMA President: "Blame Insurers"
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:12 PM

Blame the insurer when a patient gets a massive bill because a treating clinician was outside the insurer’s network, said Barbara McAneny, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA). The problem with such so-called “surprise billing” is that insurers have not fought hard enough to protect their patients.

“I look at it as … inadequacy of the insurance companies to successfully negotiate a network. I recognize that [insurers] make more money when they have a very narrow network, but that’s not fair to patients who expect full coverage," McAneny said. She said insurers and insurance commissioners must insure that networks aren’t so narrow that essential slices of the healthcare workforce are excluded. 

The AMA and dozens of other medical societies expressed concerns regarding out-of-network “surprise" bills and have pressed Congress to hold insurers accountable for these surprise charges, calling for stronger network adequacy standards, suggesting patients pay only in-network cost-sharing rates, and urging that any legislation lawmakers pass include a process of mediation or "alternative dispute resolution."

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Bill Introduced in Texas Legislature to Seek to Improve "Health Literacy"
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:08 PM

HB 2032 has been introduced into the Texas Legislature that would define the meaning of health literacy and call for an advisory committee to develop and promote plans to promote health literacy.

As introduced the bill would define health literacy to mean “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and health services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

The bill would call for a Health Literacy Advisory Committee that “must include representatives of interested groups, including the academic community, consumer groups, health plans, pharmacies, and associations of physicians, hospitals, and nurses.”

The committee’s purpose is to “develop a long-range plan for increasing health literacy in this state,” identifying risk factors for low health literacy, examining methods for health care practitioners, facilities and others to address health literacy with patients and the public, and identify ways to expand the use of plain language instructions for patients.

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Pharma Candidate for President in 2020?
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:05 PM

Cory Booker has been heckled by constituents as a pawn of “Big Pharma.”  He has been pointedly asked whether he could be trusted to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable as he makes his run for the presidency in 2020.

That reputation, deserved or not, could become a major political liability for Booker, particularly at a time of concern over drug prices and in a race with other progressive lawmakers like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders whose disdain for large drug companies is palpable.

Booker knows his ability to win over Democrats appears to rest, in part, on whether he can convince voters he’s in the same league. But he is also wary of painting the industry with too broad a brush.  “I live in Newark, a low-income community where people work for pharmaceutical companies,” Booker said.

The past two years have left little doubt that Booker has fully embraced a pivot with regard to pharma.  In a major shift a year before announcing his White House run, Booker publicly swore off corporate campaign money, singling out cash from drug industry executives in particular.

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Texas Launches Website to Educate of the Dangers of Opioid Abuse
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:02 PM

In his office’s latest initiative to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, Attorney General Ken Paxton today launched Dose of Reality, a new comprehensive website to inform and educate Texans about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers. The new site is available at www.DoseofReality.Texas.gov

“The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids cost lives and devastate Texas families in every region of our state,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Opioids such as OxyContin and hydrocodone are prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but have serious risks and side effects. When patients are not well informed, these drugs can inflict far more pain than they prevent. The Dose of Reality website is intended to give Texans the information they need to avoid those unintended consequences. My office will continue to do everything it can to protect Texans from the opioid crisis.”

Dose of Reality provides individuals, patients, health care providers, teachers, coaches and others with opioid-related resources in one location, allowing for quick and easy access to vital information. The new website includes details on approaches to preventing opioid abuse and addiction, proper pain management, safe storage of prescription painkillers and guidelines on responding to an opioid overdose. It also features a statewide take back map of locations that accept prescription opioids for safe disposal.  

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Unvaccinated Teens Trying to Get Shots on their Own
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 03:57 PM

According to the Washington Post “Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance. This generation of unvaccinated children coming of age has looked at the science and want to protect themselves.” said Allison Winnike, president and chief executive of the Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based nonprofit vaccine advocacy group. “Now you’re seeing children coming of age, out from a cloud of misinformation,” Winnike told The Washington Post.

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